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Patna Pirates put on a show to beat U Mumba; Gujarat Giants prevail over Telugu Titans

A stellar display on both sides of the mat helped Patna Pirates beat U Mumba 43-23 here in Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 8 match on Tuesday. Photo: Pro Kabaddi League
A stellar display on both sides of the mat helped Patna Pirates beat U Mumba 43-23 here in Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 8 match on Tuesday. Photo: Pro Kabaddi League

Bengaluru, Jan 11 (MNN) A stellar display on both sides of the mat helped Patna Pirates beat U Mumba 43-23 here in Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 8 match here on Tuesday.

Prashanth Kumar Rai and Sachin combined to score 14 raid points, while Neeraj Kumar and Mohammadreza picked up High 5s for the Pirates.

With this victory, Patna ascended to the top of the vivo Pro Kabaddi standings.

The Pirates were up-and-running early and raced to a 3-0 lead courtesy of a two-point raid from Prashanth Kumar Rai and a successful tackle on Abhishek Singh from their defence.

Monu Goyat and Sachin added another pair of points to their team’s total and reduced U Mumba to a solitary man.

Prathap S picked up a bonus and a touch to revive a defender and keep the All Out at bay. However, his efforts only provided a momentary respite as Sachin tagged both U Mumba players before diving across the midline in the subsequent raid to inflict the game’s first All Out.

The Pirates continued their onslaught and added four unanswered points to their total to take a 14-3 lead and leave U Mumba with just three on the mat.

U Mumba finally showed some resistance and embarked on a 4-1 run to cut the deficit to eight. But just when U Mumba were clawing their way back into the game, Patna responded with three unanswered points and closed in on another All Out.

In the final raid of the half, Sachin took on a defence of two and managed to eke out an error out from one defender as he stepped out of bounds, rendering him out. The Patna raider then tagged Rinku, but the U Mumba star latched onto his legs and Super Tackled Sachin on his own to help his side avoid the All Out.

Rinku’s magical moment didn’t faze the Pirates, as their defence tackled Prathap S to leave U Mumba with a solitary man on the mat.

Goyat tagged Rinku and managed to avoid the same fate as Sachin did in the final raid of the first half to inflict an All Out on U Mumba and give the Pirates a 14-point lead.

The game went back-and-forth for the next few minutes, with the Patna Pirates maintaining their healthy advantage.

With just over nine minutes left in the match, U Mumba finally managed to peg the Pirates on the back foot, courtesy of two touch points from Abhishek and an incredible Ankle Hold from Fazel Atrachali.

With Patna Pirates down to three players on the mat, U Mumba sensed an opportunity to inflict an All Out and claw their way back into the game.

But Super Tackles from Mohammadreza Chiyaneh, Sajin S and substitute Monu ended their hopes of mounting a comeback.

The Patna Pirates finished the game with three unanswered points to win by 20 and hand U Mumba their second defeat of the season.

Gujarat Giants end six-game winless streak with victory over Telugu Titans

A spectacular 16-point performance from all-rounder Rakesh helped the Gujarat Giants end their six-game wait for a win with a 40-22 victory over the Telugu Titans.

The Giants’ defence was also terrific, outscoring their Titans counterpart 13-5.

Six minutes in, the game was finely balanced with the Titans holding a slender 6-5 lead, but the Giants then snatched the lead, courtesy of a Super Raid from Rakesh.

A few minutes later, the Giants’ young star went in to raid against three defenders and returned with two touch points, leaving the Titans with a solitary man on the mat.

Gujarat’s defence gave Adarsh the bonus before promptly pinning him down to inflict the game’s first All Out to take a 15-8 lead.

In the 17th minute, Rakesh delivered the moment of the half, as he beat three on-rushing Titans defenders with a Dubki before escaping past the midline, adding three points to his team’s total.

The raider also completed his Super 10 with this Super Raid.

Titans’ Rajnish responded to the Super Raid with a two-point raid that cut his team’s deficit to seven. After an uneventful final two minutes, the two teams went into halftime with the Giants leading 20-13.

The first nine minutes of the second half were tightly contested and yielded just four points for each team. Then, Rajnish’s perfect Kick on Sumit reduced the Giants to three players on the mat, pegging them on the back foot.

But Gujarat’s defence stood firm and picked up three Super Tackles to push their advantage to 11 with under five minutes left in the game.

The Giants’ continued their strong work and embarked on a 5-1 run to leave the Titans with just two men on the mat. Parvesh Bhainswal pinned down Adarsh with a stellar tackle and Rakesh picked up the touch point on the surrender raid to inflict an All Out on the Titans and take a 39-21 lead.

Both teams added another point to their team’s total before the final whistle, as the game finished 40-22.

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